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2011-03-27 10:48:30

Rampant woody vines, or lianas, are choking trees, changing tropical and temperate forest ecosystemsKudzu, the plant scourge of the U.S. Southeast. The long tendrils of this woody vine, or liana, are on the move north with a warming climate.But kudzu may be no match for the lianas of the tropics, scientists have found. Data from sites in eight studies show that lianas are overgrowing trees in every instance.If the trend continues, these "stranglers-of-the-tropics" may suffocate equatorial...

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2010-06-28 09:13:00

Variation in water stress with increasing height in redwood trees determines leaf anatomy How tall can a tree grow? Does sunlight or water limit the size and photosynthetic capacity of a leaf? Could constraints on leaf growth really determine the height of a tree? These are all questions that Alana Oldham of Humboldt State University, CA, was eager to answer as she and her colleagues dangled from an ancient redwood tree well over a football field's length in height above the ground. Most...

2010-04-21 08:29:08

Taiwanese researchers reveal the best and coolest trees for subtropical urban areas Shade trees are the superstars of urban landscapes. In addition to their intrinsic aesthetic qualities, these low-tech workhorses reduce air and noise pollution, provide habitat for wildlife, increase property values, and offer cool respite for harried urbanites. Strategically planted shade trees decrease energy usage in urban buildings, absorb carbon dioxide, and supply fresh oxygen. It's no coincidence that...

2010-03-17 13:36:00

HERNDON, Va., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Triple Canopy, Inc., a leading provider of integrated security and mission support services, announced today that it has donated supplies, transportation and personnel in an effort to provide shelter to thousands of homeless earthquake victims in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100317/PH72290 ) Triple Canopy is supporting the efforts of the Haitian Group for the Study of Kaposi's Sarcoma and Opportunistic...

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2010-01-14 10:31:20

Since the time of the earliest humans, people have attempted to understand the natural environment. We have observed our surroundings and searched for explanations for natural phenomena. Yet despite our persistence over thousands of years, many basic questions remain to be answered. Although we understand core processes such as photosynthesis, we do not have a full understanding of issues such as how plants maximize their photosynthetic capacity. Specific leaf area, or SLA, plays a prominent...

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2009-12-11 11:20:53

Mechanical thinner prototype promises savings for producers, superior fruit for consumers As consumer demand for premium fruit increases, growers are being challenged to bring consistently high-quality fruit to market. And to boost their bottom line, orchard owners are experimenting with new techniques that can increase fruit quality while reducing labor costs. Hand thinning, a common practice employed by growers to produce larger, healthier fruit, is among the most labor-intensive of orchard...

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2009-11-04 11:26:19

Trellis Tension Monitoring offers accurate solution for grape growers Predictions of grape yields are extremely important to juice processors and wineries; timely and precise yield forecasts allow producers to plan for harvest and move the highly perishable grape crop from vine to processing efficiently. Until recently, wineries and grape juice processors have relied on expensive and labor-intensive hand-sampling methods to estimate yield in grape crops. Thanks to extensive research efforts,...

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2009-11-04 07:40:49

New study provides vital information for commercial pecan operations Pecan, the most valuable nut tree native to North America, is native from northern Illinois and southeastern Iowa to the Gulf Coast of the United States, where it grows abundantly along the Mississippi River, the rivers of central and eastern Oklahoma, and Texas. Popularity and consumer demand for pecans has increased the cultivation of pecan trees to other areas, while commercial production has expanded into many regions of...

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2009-10-13 07:25:22

Smithsonian researchers working in Colombia's Cerrej³n coal mine have unearthed the first megafossil evidence of a neotropical rainforest. Titanoboa, the world's biggest snake, lived in this forest 58 million years ago at temperatures 3-5 C warmer than in rainforests today, indicating that rainforests flourished during warm periods. "Modern neotropical rainforests, with their palms and spectacular flowering-plant diversity, seem to have come into existence in the Paleocene epoch, shortly...

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2009-04-13 16:32:05

Excursion to a rainforest canopy creates a communication bridge between scientists and policy-makers Most of the time, scientists keep to their world and policy-makers keep to theirs--and never the twain shall meet. The distance between scientists and policy-makers rarely even narrows when they share a mutual interest in science-based policy issues. The great divide A case in point: some state governments in the Pacific Northwest have changed the length of the mandatory waiting period between...


Latest Canopy Reference Libraries

Forest Gardening
2013-07-31 15:46:47

Forest gardening is a woodland ecosystem that requires little maintenance. Forest gardening is a form of intercropping that is a seven tier, layering system utilizing the space from the sub-ground up to the canopy in order to provide high yielding food production for human consumption in wooded areas. Layering utilizes the photosynthesis to the maximum benefit for each tier within the forest garden. The canopy level consists of the tallest fruit/nut trees with dwarf trees in the...

Rainforests
2013-04-19 19:33:20

Rainforests are forests that are characterized by high levels of rainfall, with definitions based on a minimum usual annual rainfall of about 68 to 78 inches. The monsoon trough, or otherwise known as the intertropical convergence zone, holds an important role in producing the climatic conditions that are essential for the Earth’s tropical rainforests. About 40 to 75 percent of all biotic species are native to the rainforests. It’s been estimated that there might be many millions of...

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